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September 30th, 2015

Francis, the Perfect 19th-Century Pope

    After attending a canonization Mass at Catholic University with the pope who rails against the excesses of capitalism, I walked off campus to a festival of capitalism.

    Vendors were hawking pope bracelets, buttons and T-shirts.

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The pope's American message

    Amid all the division and rancor of the current American political season, there was concern among the faithful about the visit of Pope Francis to the nation's capital and his speech to Congress. The opportunity to add fuel to the public unrest was obvious.

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Of Peanuts and Prosecutions

    Salmonella poisoning is an awful affliction. It is marked by diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dehydration and fever that can last as long as a week. Many people wind up in the hospital. Others develop something called reactive arthritis. And in a small number of cases, the victims die.

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Bye, Bye, Boehner

    Farewell, John Boehner, farewell.

    These departures are a little wearying. It was not long ago that we said adieu to Rick Perry. And then Scott Walker. And of course we are gearing up for the moment when the political world says goodbye forever to Donald Trump.

    Good times, all.

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Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe

    Item: The CEO of Volkswagen has resigned after revelations that his company committed fraud on an epic scale, installing software on its diesel cars that detected when their emissions were being tested, and produced deceptively low results.

    Item: The former president of a peanut company has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping tainted products that later killed nine people and sickened 700.

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September 28th

The Real Debate

    There seems to be more debate offstage than on regarding the current GOP show staged by Fox and CNN. The main difference between the candidates is just a matter of degree, who can out Teaparty the Teapartiers. Do they really think that we won't remember past the primary?

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The case for pressuring Egypt's president

    The U.N. General Assembly tends to inspire grand gestures by dictators. This year's drama prize must go to Vladimir Putin, who dispatched troops and planes to Syria to set up his Monday address to the assembly. Others, however, are seeking attention. So let's save some oxygen for Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, the former general who now rules Egypt.

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‘Paging Dr. Doctivity’: Medicine Evolves Into a Business Model

    Beneath a three-column headline in my local newspaper was a barely-edited press release.

    That’s not unusual. With the downsizing of newsrooms, there’s more room for wire service soft features and press releases. But this one caught my attention.

    SystemCare Health in New Jersey promoted a graduate of a college in my town to the lofty position of Senior Director of Doctivity.

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Clinton's hands-off policy toward Sanders is a long bet - with risks

    Hillary Rodham Clinton told a longtime supporter and donor recently that she understands her friends are frustrated and worried by her slide in the polls. But the solution, she said, is not to attack the challenger who is surging as she slumps.

    "I am not going to start to take shots at Bernie Sanders," Clinton said, according to a person familiar with the exchange.

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Those Republican 'outsiders' are mainly mainstream

    The staying power of the three outsider candidates in the Republican presidential race is supposed to signal voters' yearning for fresh, bold solutions to the nation's problems.  

    So what do Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have to offer that the conventional Republican candidates don't? The answer may surprise you.

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